It’s the most wonderful time of the year…the holidays…right?
It’s the time of year when there are a lot of expectations: personally, professionally, from family and friends. The reality for most of us is that the holidays can be a very stressful and anxiety provoking time of the year. We often hear the term “holiday blues,” which can best be described as seasonal depression or additional stress and anxiety around the holidays during the winter months.
During the winter months- specifically November and December- we spend a lot of time with family, which for many people can add stress and anxiety during an already overwhelming time of year. Another stressor during these months is the financial burden of the holidays. These additional stressors can push many of us to the edge. Setting clear boundaries and limits with family and being realistic with our budgets can help reduce some of this unneeded stress.
So what else can we do to help beat the “holiday blues”?
-Take time for yourself! Get out of your house and do something for yourself (go skiing, go for a walk, volunteer and BREATHE).
-Be realistic with expectations and if needed, communicate expectations with family and friends.
-Set a budget for the holidays and stick to it.
-If needed, seek additional support from family, friends or professionals.
If you or a loved one needs additional support, please contact Leah Harter (Director of the Counseling Center at 303-981-9685). The Christian Center has four counselors on staff and would love to be able to help in any way we can. Check out our website at: www.ccofpc.org/counseling